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About the Department
The Special Collections Department serves as a time capsule of cultural and personal history of Kentucky and beyond. Learn more about the Civil War, World War II, Kentucky authors, Mammoth Cave, Western Kentucky University, genealogy, folklore, South Union Shakers, politics and much more!
|Manuscripts & Folklife
|Kentucky Building||Hours: Mon-Fri 9-4; Sat. 10-3|
|Harrison Baird Reading Room||Closed: Dec. 14-Jan. 7, Jan. 20|
|Western Kentucky University||Phone: 270-745-5083|
|Bowling Green, KY||Directions / Contacts|
History of the Special Collections Department
The Kentucky Building was established in 1929 by WKU's first President, Henry Hardin Cherry "to preserve Kentucky's history and heritage." In 1976 an expansion project began to provide more space for collections, doubling the Kentucky Building in size.